What is Total Body Photography?

TBP is a series of high resolution digital photographs that are taken of the client’s skin. This photographic record is used as a reference, so the client can track changes over time in existing moles and also check for the presence of new moles and spots. Changes in moles can be in the form of size, shape and colour change. The main advantage of TBP is it reduces unnecessary biopsies and melanomas are caught at a much earlier stage.

Skin Vision is offering this new service to all clients who have multiple moles which are difficult to keep track of and to anyone who would like a photographic account of their moles. The photographs are saved to USB to take home for your own reference.

What is the benefit of Total Body Photography?

Research has shown that about 80% of melanomas appear as new spots on the skin, while about 20% will arise from an existing mole. Total Body Photography offers an increased chance of detecting early melanomas.

Who would benefit from Total Body Photography?

Those who have the greatest risk and therefore may benefit from Total Body Photography are those with:

  • A previous melanoma
  • A family history of melanoma
  • Fair Skin (especially those with red hair) and have had previous sun damage
  • A large number of moles – more than 50-100 total
  • More than 5 unusual moles (irregular in shape, asymmetrical in colour and larger than ordinary moles)
  • Many freckles
  • Concern about their moles

Please understand that having Total Body Photography is not a guarantee that you do not have a skin cancer.  It may not be obvious at this time, or it may be there but in early stages of evolution. Not all cancers display the same features or growth patterns, so if you feel something is changing, even if it has been seen before, please bring it to the doctor’s attention.

Total Body Photography is not 100% effective in detecting melanomas and other skin lesions. Regular self examination and skin checks with your Doctor, using the aid of Total Body Photography, are still recommended.